Ref Scilla Peruviana

Hugh Povey
Fri, 18 Feb 2005 06:47:14 PST
Dear Paul,
              I would appreciate a picture.

Thanks  Hugh 

 --- Paul Tyerman <> wrote: 
> At 04:32  16/02/05, you wrote:
> >Dear Paul,
> >            Do you have a picture of your
> Harrisiana?
> >You say it is the same as the Hughii?
> Hugh,
> I have been "told" that var harrisiana is a synonym
> for S. hughii but 
> apparently that is wrong.  Maybe that synonymy is
> just in what is in 
> commerce around the place?  According to Angelo in
> Italy there are very 
> specific differences and he doubts that the real S.
> hughii is in 
> cultivation, or at least not freely available.  I
> can send you a picture if 
> you'd!!
> >You mention 2 other forms which flower regularly
> when
> >the common species sometimes misses a year. Which
> 2?
> I meant that the 2 other forms I have (i.e the var
> harrisiana and the 
> 'Alba') flower very very regularly while the
> straight species "can" skip a 
> year.  It was commented on one of the lists last
> year I think that it is 
> common for S. peruviana to miss a year, but I have
> only ever seen it happen 
> once.  I have grown it for years in pots and I have
> never had a pot fail to 
> flower, no matter HOW bad the conditions it was in
> were <grin>, but I HAVE 
> had my clump that has been in the ground for 6 years
> miss flowering one 
> year for unknown reasons.  I was stumped until I
> read the comment about it 
> being common for missing years.  It obviously isn't
> "common" for it to do 
> it here but it can on rare ocassions.
> The pure white 'Alba' has flowered every year I have
> had it in pots or in 
> the ground, and the var harrisiana flowers in spring
> and/or autumn as it 
> feels like it.  I have found that the var harrisiana
> tends to be much more 
> reactive to its environmental conditions as it tends
> to go dormant if it 
> gets dry, whereas the straight species and the
> 'Alba' hold on for much 
> longer.  The var harrisiana tends to put up leaves
> whenever things are 
> right for it, and I think this may be why it can
> flower in spring or autumn 
> as it feels like it.... in a good year it can then
> flower in both spring 
> and autumn rather than just sticking to spring like
> the 'Alba' and the 
> straight species we have here.  The harrisiana
> observations though are just 
> from my own plants that I have been growing for the
> last 3 or so years.  We 
> are in a bad drought at the moment but the pots are
> watered regularly.  It 
> has behaved quite differently in similar conditions
> to the other ones, 
> which is why I have noticed it so clearly.  I do not
> know if these 
> observations hold true for others as I have not
> spoken to anyone else 
> growing it.
> Hopefully this explains more clearly what I was
> meaning.
> Cheers.
> Paul Tyerman
> Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9
> Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias,
> Trilliums, Cyclamen, 
> Crocus, Cyrtanthus, Oxalis, Liliums, Hellebores,
> Aroids, Irises plus just 
> about anything else that doesn't move!!!!!
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